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Fernstrom Name Meaning

Swedish (Fernström): ornamental name composed of the elements fern probably from placenames containing fär(n) (e.g. from färne ‘water horsetail Equisetum fluviatile’) + ström ‘stream river’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bergstrom, Enstrom, Forstrom, Renstrom, Wenstrom, Elfstrom

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Where is the Fernstrom family from?

You can see how Fernstrom families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fernstrom family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Fernstrom families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 10 Fernstrom families living in Iowa. This was about 42% of all the recorded Fernstrom's in USA. Iowa had the highest population of Fernstrom families in 1880.
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What did your Fernstrom ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Carpenter and Manager were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fernstrom. 9% of Fernstrom men worked as a Carpenter and 20% of Fernstrom women worked as a Manager. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fernstrom were Maintenance Man and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Carpenter
  • Laborer
  • Iron Worker
  • Maintenance Man

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Manager
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Fernstrom. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fernstrom census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Fernstrom. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 291 military records available for the last name Fernstrom. For the veterans among your Fernstrom ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fernstrom lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Fernstrom life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Fernstrom in 1953 was 66, and 72 in 2004.

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